Whether your child has a Spring birthday to celebrate… or you want to create an extra special Easter egg dyeing experience, Anni Daulter’s new book, Naturally Fun Parties for Kids, is sure to inspire you with ideas you never considered before. In fact, reading through this book Anni wrote with Heather Fontenot, there are more party themes running through my head than I’ll ever be able to host!
This guide to naturally fun parties is not only beautiful – with original photography by Tnah & Mario Di Donato bringing Anni and Heather’s visions to life – it covers EVERYthing. Each theme includes a timeline for creating the party elements, detailed information on how to make unique invitations, instructions for handmade decorations (using items you have on hand), descriptions for fun activities, and clear recipes for amazing seasonal food.
Anni and Heather really make it easy to host a gathering that looks like Martha Stewart lent a sustainable hand.
The book doesn’t come out until March 21st, so I’m delighted to tell you that Anni has agreed to give our readers a sneak peek by guest authoring a three-part series on her original and brilliant eco-friendly party concepts.
So here’s Anni’s first installment… it’s all about making your Spring or Easter egg dyeing party naturally fun!
Welcome to Spring with Anni Daulter
The budding of this colorful season brings new life with the sun shining, flowers blooming, kids climbing trees and skinning their knees, and new seedlings being planted in the garden. The spring equinox, usually around March 21, is a day of equal day and equal night, a day on which the sun and the earth are in balance with one another. This is a great time to gather together to mark the changing of the seasons and honor the light after a dark and cold winter.
It’s a time of renewal and rebirth, and many symbols that mark these changes are seeds, eggs, and new life. Using nature as the backdrop for your spring celebrations means gorgeous rose and lavender gardens, creeks, forests, farms, parks, and even the comfort of your own backyard. So take off your winter coat and warm up to all of the sunny opportunities spring has to offer.
Spring brings with it an opportunity to get back outside and begin nature’s play all over again. I have pulled a few spring-time goodies from my newest book, Naturally Fun Parties for Kids as ideas on ways to enjoy the sweet breath of the changing of the season!
From The Spring Garden Party
Make Natural Dyes and Dye Eggs
You can create beautifully colored eggs from what you may already have in your kitchen and garden? It’s fun for children (and adults) to see all the beautiful colors that naturally come from fruits, vegetables, and spices. All you need is a little vinegar, some pots, a strainer, and lots of jars.
Have each child bring a basket of eggs to color. That way, there are plenty of eggs to color, hide, and find.
Make the dye:
Fruits and vegetables need time to simmer and extract the natural color; some need to simmer for several hours to reach full color potential. For each fruit or vegetable below, you will follow the same simple procedure: Combine the required amount of dye source material, 1–2 quarts water, and • cup white vinegar.
Combine the materials in a large pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for several hours until desired color is reached. Strain dye into a Mason jar to cool. See specific amounts below for certain ingredients.
Red Onion Skins for deep rose dye:
5 cups red onion skins + 2 quarts water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Red Cabbage for deep blue dye:
1 head chopped + 2 quarts water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Fresh Beets for pink dye:
5 beats, chopped + 2 quarts water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Frozen Blueberries for violet dye:
5 cups blueberries, frozen and left whole + 1 quart water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Tumeric (spice) for yellow dye:
4 tablespoons tumeric + 1 quart water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Coffee for golden brown dye:
4 tablespoons ground coffee + 1 quart water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Paprika (spice) for orange dye:
4 tablespoons paprika + 1 quart water + ¼ cup white vinegar
Blueberry dye mixed with turmeric dye gives you an olive green egg.
Red cabbage dye mixed with turmeric dye gives you a very deep green egg.
Be sure to check back next week for another installment of Anni’s party ideas. If you can’t wait for more, you can follow Naturally Fun Parties for Kids on Facebook.